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Biscuit Baking Mix

You need just four common pantry staples to put together this versatile mix. I use it in recipes that call for store-bought baking mix. It's the key to lightly browned biscuits as well as to chunky dumpling soup. —Tami Christman, Soda Springs, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
  • Makes
    12 cups


  • 9 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 cups shortening


  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt; cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place or in the freezer for up to 8 months.
  • Biscuit Baking Mix may be used to prepare the following recipes: Cinnamon-Sugar Scones, Flaky Italian Biscuits and Chicken Dumpling Soup.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup mix: 159 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 248mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • June
    Aug 16, 2020

    Reply to Mgrandell55 re. failed biscuits. (1) make sure that ALL your ingredients are very very cold & I mean frig/freezer chilled including the bowl. Use half & half or heavy cream when possible. Mix quickly with fork or pastry blender/cutter just until ingredients are barely moistened/mixed & no more. NEVER mix or touch with hands, they are too warm. Do NOT over mix. Do NOT knead. Keep everything ice cold even keeping mixing bowl in another larger bowl lined with ice chips or ice cubes. DO NOT BE TEMPTED TO OVER-MIX!!! Do not try to shape. Just cut in squares with a knife. Or place in a muffin tin. Biscuit cutter if used must be ice cold. Do minimal handling. LESS IS MORE. Good luck. June (Renee's Kitchen)

  • SpyceThyme
    May 19, 2020

    This recipe is working out well for me. I cook for myself, and I like to make small portions so I don't have to end with a lot of leftovers. I tried Bisquick before, but I didn't really care for the texture and taste of anything that I made using it. Biscuits and dumplings definitely fell into the never again category. I made half of this recipe, and I used King Arthur Self-Rising flour in place of the baking powder and salt. The first thing I made was dumplings, and they were light and delicious. The good thing is I could scoop enough of the mix to just make enough dumplings for two servings. This will be a staple for my pantry.

  • klb2909
    Apr 10, 2020

    Store bought baking powder has aluminum in it. I make my own with cornstarch and soda and cream of tartar. This recipe sounds good if you sub homemade baking powder...

  • debpenns
    Nov 24, 2019

    this mix is amazing i will be using for a lot of meals deb PVFE

  • jackiegreen
    Jun 20, 2018

    Absolutely the very very very best dumplings I have ever had were made from this mix.

  • Lynda1111
    May 24, 2018

    This is my very favorite homemade mix. I don't buy the biscuit mixes in town, and haven't for decades, because they have aluminum in them. This allows me the convenience of a pre-packaged mix, but no nasty stuff in it. I keep it in the fridge. Such a useful recipe.

  • cast_iron_king
    Jun 23, 2017

    I was in the middle of making an impossibly easy pie when I discovered I was out of baking mix. Taste of Home to the rescue! I really only needed one cup, so I cut the recipe in half. I threw all the ingredients into a food processor with the dough blade and just let it run until everything was mixed well. It worked perfectly and saved my dinner. I used the leftover mix for pancakes in the morning. Saying goodbye to the store-bought stuff!

  • hkarow9713
    May 7, 2017

    This was extremely easy to make and really tastes like the store bought mix! Iadequate pancakes with it this morning & the kids gobbled them up!

  • Jellybug
    Oct 7, 2016

    I tried this mix out and it was awesome. I plan to make several batches and give them out with several recipes in a pretty glass jar. Thank you so much Tami...

  • MerilouK
    Jun 14, 2015

    I make this with whole wheat pastry flour. Works great.